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Unanticipated effects of new AO court

The Magician
01-24-2010, 03:43 AM
The slow, high bouncing courts of AO, rather than create longer rallies and better point construction, have allowed tall guys like Ivo and Isner to get a huge advantage. Both first and second serves are bouncing over most guys' heads, and groundstrokes are stopping right in their strike zones.

Isner is too inexperienced and Ivo is a poor tiebreak player so they won't win this year, but expect tall guys like Isner, Delpo, Cilic, and Querrey to have great results in the future.

River
01-24-2010, 04:33 AM
The slow, high bouncing courts of AO, rather than create longer rallies and better point construction, have allowed tall guys like Ivo and Isner to get a huge advantage. Both first and second serves are bouncing over most guys' heads, and groundstrokes are stopping right in their strike zones.

Isner is too inexperienced and Ivo is a poor tiebreak player so they won't win this year, but expect tall guys like Isner, Delpo, Cilic, and Querrey to have great results in the future.

W-what? lol the only way Ivo usually wins is through a tiebreaker >>;

Slow courts still don't help big servers. It may reach above their heads, but if they still hit it, then these servers will most likely lose the longer they rally.

And slicing drives tall people to death. Grass is a server's court. This isn't. You can tell by how the tennis ball fuzz actually grips the court for the whole duration of a match. Cheap points can't win a match if you can't follow up your serve.

The Magician
01-24-2010, 04:51 AM
W-what? lol the only way Ivo usually wins is through a tiebreaker >>;

Slow courts still don't help big servers. It may reach above their heads, but if they still hit it, then these servers will most likely lose the longer they rally.

And slicing drives tall people to death. Grass is a server's court. This isn't. You can tell by how the tennis ball fuzz actually grips the court for the whole duration of a match. Cheap points can't win a match if you can't follow up your serve.

You'd be surprised how poor Ivo is in TBs. By my own count last year he was 15-23:eek:

If big servers can get a second serve to really kick, one-two tennis like Isner will only become more popular, or even serve volley. If anyone could slice nowadays you might have a point but Federer is the only one who can offensively slice.

Don't think it's a coincidence the players are getting taller despite courts getting slower. Thought it was worth mentioning that slowing of the court might have the opposite effect ironically.

philosophicalarf
01-24-2010, 06:58 AM
Slow courts still don't help big servers.

I'd agree generally, with the exception of Indian Wells. Isner's serve there is impossible to handle for anyone who isn't of similar height.